I came across to this post on Facebook about “if money can buy happiness” or if it is really important to have money in our life for us to be happy. There was this commotion of comments with ideas and reasoning why it is important or not. To the question of do we really need money to be happy? I say a big “YES” to that.
Have you ever tried smiling while you’re hungry? Trying to embrace positiveness and calmness while when your stomach is empty? We need food and to have it most of the time we need a little or more money to buy it. Try to ask these children who are suffering from malnutrition and hunger if they are happy. If they say YES, slap me not once but twice.
Education is the greatest equalizer and can change everything but it is hard to acquire if you’re poor and hungry. What were the most reasons why many of the youth today is out of school and with no education at all? It is not just a political or geographical issue but face the mere fact that their parents can’t afford to send them to school. Are they happy? Or are their parents happy too?
There no way learning can be processed if your body is lacking of nutrients and energy in order for you to concentrate and absorbed what is being taught in class. True that those happy people are the one who is already self actualize but let us go back to the hierarchy of needs presented by Marshlow of what were the basic steps to achieve this. Yes your guess is as good as mine. For you to be self actualize you have to satisfy first your biological needs. Your basic human needs. You have to satisfy your hunger by eating. We are not any other creatures with super powers and we are not aliens.
I would like to end this point of mine by my own experience why I answered “Yes” to that epic question. I am an OFW, working here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to earn “money” for me to help and provide the needs of my family back to my country Philippines. If money can’t buy happiness, why would I traveled thousand miles and sacrifice my own comfort for the sake of earning it. By having money to send back home it draws a smile in my face every time I fall in line at the remittance centers no matter how long the queue and how long it will take for my turn at the teller. Well, hypocrite will always have its own reasoning to deny these points.